[Debian-eeepc-devel] Anyone used PXE network boot on 901?
spam_from_debian_eee at chezphil.org
Tue Aug 19 13:15:24 UTC 2008
Phil Endecott wrote:
> I've always used PXE network booting to start the Debian installer,
> rather than a CD or USB flash drive. I find this method quick and
> easy, but since this wasn't mentioned as an option on the Debian Eee
> wiki I had guessed that it wasn't possible on the Eee. However, my 901
> definitely has PXE as an option (once you have found the right BIOS
> settings) and it has just booted into an old Debian installer it found
> on my tftp server (predictably, it gets as far as "no ethernet card was detected").
A progress update: I'm using the latest PXE netboot debian installer,
which runs on the Eee but unsurprisingly doesn't contain the necessary
ethernet kernel modules. But I happen to have a USB ethernet device
for which it does have the modules. So, I set up the BIOS for network
booting, it loads over the built in ethernet, and I then swap the
network cable over to the USB adaptor and it installs debian using
that. So I now have a basically functional system.
Next to get the built-in wired ethernet working. There are some notes
in the Wiki from IsaacTo who points to
http://kunin.wordpress.com/2008/07/05/asus-eee-pc-901/; that page tells
me to go to
to get a driver for the wired ethernet from ASUS. When I click on that
link I get a page that's not related to the Eee, but if I click on
"Drivers" there is something described as "Supported Linux Drivers"; I
download a the zip, inside which there's something called
l1e-l2e-linux-v184.108.40.206.rar which looks good. But unrar-free fails to
unpack it. Luckily, wobzip.org can convert it to a .zip for me. Then
I install linux-headers (and a compiler etc) and I can compile and
install it (using KBUILD_NOPEDANTIC=1 and ignoring the warnings). It
then almost works, but I have to clean out
/etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net so that it is eth0 not eth1.
Now I just have to work out all the things that you've put in the
custom installer that I've missed, and to get the wifi working.
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